Cambridge University English Country Dance Club
English Country Dancing offers a wide variety of dances, from lively and energetic to smooth and graceful, set to wonderful tunes from a wide range of composers from Trad through Purcell and Handel and Mozart to many modern composers writing specifically for dancing. Some dances are easy, others are more of a challenge, but they are all taught and called, so you don’t need to have any previous experience of the form. We also dance some American contras and squares. All are welcome to join us; you don’t need to come with a partner, and we usually change partners for each dance anyway. Note that this is social dancing, quite different from display styles such as Morris.
There’s an enthusiastic report on our club in Varsity!
The last meeting of the Easter Term was on Thursday 15th June. The next regular meeting will be on Thursday 5th October. However there will be meetings of the Summer Round on Thursday evenings, weather and numbers permitting. Sign up to soc-round-chat to find out where and when it’s happening.
Please read our Covid-19 guidelines before attending any of our meetings.
See the Diary page for details of other events, including the Playford Ball on 17th June.
|About the Round
Diary of events
The Big Round Band
The Playford Ball
The Punt Party
The Summer Round
The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival
Maps to meetings and events
Mailing lists you should be on
Links to further information
Our etiquette guide
Core repertoire of dances
Hugh’s history of the Round
Dance history of dances called at the weekly Round
The Old Round, History of London Pride
Web site credits
Dance and music resources
|Index of resources on this site
What are Playford dances? Includes a Playford family tree
Elements of English Country Dance (comprehensive explanation of Country Dance terminology)
Dancing well is more fun
A definitive answer about Siding
Notes on Calling
The Perfect Caller
Palmer’s Pocket Playford (an aide-memoire of common Playford dances)
Kentucky Running Set (as danced by the Round)
The Country Dance Book (original Cecil Sharp publications which started all of this)
The Round Band Book of Playford (music to Palmer’s Pocket Playford)
FAQs for schoolteachers
Please report any problems with this site (missing pages, broken links, errors in information, etc., etc.) to the webmaster, currently ‘ajs1 at cam dot ac dot uk’. General enquiries about the Round may be addressed to ‘round at CambridgeSU dot co dot uk’.